Pay with Your Phone at Friday’s

Casual food restaurant chain T.G.I. Friday’s has become the first national chain to incorporate a mobile payment option called Tabbedout, which allows diners to open a tab and pay their bill right from their smartphone. The payment option is part of a new mobile app Friday’s recently released.

TabbedOut

After ordering from a server, you can pay your bill using the credit card on file when ready to leave. For now, users will only be able to pay with their credit cards, though other options will be added later. Tabbedout recently announced a partnership with PayPal, which will serve as another payment option for Tabbedout users.

The Friday’s integration will cover 350 of the chain’s 600 locations, with the remaining restaurants, most of them franchisees, expected to sign on in the future. The Friday’s deal is the largest for Austin, TX-based Tabbedout, bringing its total distribution to 800 locations nationwide.

Tabbedout has integrated their service with seven of the biggest restaurant point-of-sale providers. In the case of T.G.I. Friday’s, that provider is Micros, and the integration allows a customer to pay their bill without waiting for a server to bring it to the table.

An Android version of the app is expected to be available soon.

Steve Anderson provides information to insurance agents about how they can use technology to increase revenue and/or reduce expenses. He speaks professionally to hundreds of agents each year on the future of technology, the social web, and how insurance agencies can establish their Internet presence.

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